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Welcome to the Official Site for the Carolina Theatre at Belk Place

The Carolina Theatre in uptown Charlotte is set for renovation, and will soon serve as a dynamic civic hub located adjacent to Foundation For The Carolinas’ headquarters facility on North Tryon Street.

The Charlotte City Council entrusted the Foundation with ownership of the 36,000-square-foot historic Carolina Theatre. In June 2013, the City of Charlotte entered into a contract with the Foundation to renovate and restore the property.

The Carolina Theatre was built in 1927 and was once a major performance venue for the Charlotte region, hosting such talent as Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn and Elvis Presley. The theatre, once a jewel in Charlotte’s crown, has stood largely vacant since 1978.

The Foundation is renovating the long-vacant theatre into a unique civic gathering and convening space that will serve as a venue for lectures, symposia, town hall meetings and other forms of community engagement. The Carolina Theatre and the Foundation’s headquarters facility will be conjoined to create one thriving hub for civic activities.

The Carolina Theatre will be part of a broader collection of civic venues named Belk Place in honor of the families of Claudia Belk and the late John M. Belk, and Katherine Belk and the late Thomas M. Belk. 

Planning and fundraising is underway, and construction is slated to begin in 2016. The Foundation has also formed an advisory committee, chaired by Crescent Communities CEO Todd Mansfield.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to help fund the renovation of the Carolina Theatre.

News & Updates

Foundation For The Carolinas identifies Valor Hospitality Partners as developer for hotel project atop Carolina Theatre
Foundation For The Carolinas has identified internationally recognized Valor Hospitality Partners to explore the possibility of developing a 20-story hotel that will be located above the Carolina Theatre.

The theatre, originally built in 1927, will undergo an extensive restoration beginning in 2016. The Foundation will lease the air rights for the hotel to Valor, generating a revenue stream that will support the charitable purpose of the theatre. Foundation For The Carolinas will not be financially invested in the property. Click here to read more.

FFTC Announces $550,000 grant from Knight Foundation to support programming and design of Carolina Theatre at Belk Place
Funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will support research into programming and design of the theater, as well as crafting and executing an effective civic theater concept. FFTC will call on experts to help develop strategies around using digital tools to reach new audiences; creating a multiuse, modern space within the framework of the historic theater; leveraging technology to encourage civic participation; and the branding and marketing of the theater as Charlotte’s civic hub.

Click here to learn more. Thank you to the Knight Foundation for your investment in this important component of the Carolina Theatre project!

FFTC Announces $8 Million Gift to Carolina Theatre from Belk Families
Foundation For The Carolinas has announced an $8 million gift from the families of Claudia Belk and the late John M. Belk, and Katherine Belk and the late Thomas M. Belk, to support the restoration of the Carolina Theatre. The campus of civic amenities that will include the theatre, the Luski-Gorelick Center for Philanthropy, the Levine Conference Center, and other new and existing venues, will be called Belk Place.

Click here to learn more. Thank you to the Belk families for your extraordinary commitment to our region!

Advisory Committee Members

Todd Mansfield, Chair
Foundation For The Carolinas Board of Directors & Crescent Communities

Sally Robinson
Civic Leader

Evette Beckett-Tuggle
Civic Leader

Charlie Clayton
Carolina Theatre Preservation Society

Nancy Covington
Civic Leader

Chairman Trevor​​ M. Fuller
Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

José Gámez
UNC Charlotte School of Arts + Architecture

Richard Grubbs
Foundation For The Carolinas

Jonathan Halkyard
Extended Stay America

Tom Hanchett
Levine Museum of the New South

John Howard
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

Patsy Kinsey
Charlotte City Council

Kay Norris
Civic Leader

Laura Smith
Foundation For The Carolinas

Darrel Williams
Neighboring Concepts